Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 185 lbs
Birthday: January 21, 1940
College: Ohio State University
Turned Pro: 1961
Birthplace: Upper Arlington, Ohio, USA
Nicklaus was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1940, and attended Upper Arlington High School. After graduation he went on to attend Ohio State University. Many regard Nicklaus as the greatest ever professional golfer. Over a remarkable career, Nicklaus won 18 championships, as well as finishing in second place on 19 occasions, and in third place on nine occasions. Throughout his career Nicklaus concentrated on majors, and was selective as to which other PGA Tour tournaments he participated in. Even so he is third on the all-time list of PGA Tour victories.
Nicklaus had already won U.S. Amateurs in 1959 and 1961, and finished in second place at the 1960 US Open, before he turned professional in 1961. Impressively, Nicklaus achieved his first professional win at the US Open in 1962. In 1966 Nicklaus became the youngest person at that time to achieve a career grand slam of major championships, at the age of 26. It was 1970 before he won another major, at the Open Championship.
From 1971 to 1980, Nicklaus won another nine majors, and became the first professional to achieve a double and triple career slam of major championships. Nicklaus won his final major in 1986, at the age of 46. Four years later Nicklaus joined the Senior PGA Tour, now the Champions Tour. Within six years Nicklaus had won eight majors on the Senior PGA Tour, even though he was playing a limited schedule. Even though he was playing on the senior tour, Nicklaus continued to participate in some of the four PGA Tour majors until 2005.
Away from the golf course, Nicklaus has been involved in the design of golf courses. He is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, and has helped to design several courses, including Harbour Town Golf Links. His golf design company is one of the biggest in the world. Nicklaus is further involved with golf, by running his own PGA Tour event, the Memorial Tournament. He has also written several books on the subject.
As of the end of 2014, Nicklaus had achieved 73 wins on the PGA Tour, amassing total prize money of $5,690,863.